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A celebratory art installation will throw light – and sound – on Harrogate’s 450-year spa history.

1571 The Water That Made Us is being created in one of the spa town’s most historic locations by renowned sound and light artists, Dan Fox, and James Bawn and produced by Harrogate International Festivals.

The temporary artwork celebrating the 450th anniversary of William Slingsby discovering the waters around what is now Tewit Well, is being staged on the cobbled street between The Crown Hotel and The Royal Pump Room, and will be in situ from Sunday 17th October until Sunday 24th October.

Harrogate International Festivals Chief Executive Sharon Canavar said:

“2021 has been momentous for a lot of things, few of them being celebratory, so it felt only right we lead on a new, temporary attraction for Harrogate to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the discovery of our spa waters.

“The event industry was particularly hard hit by Covid, and commissioning new artistic work, and a new tourism attraction, in the midst of the pandemic was a risk.

“However, as an arts organisation, it was one we were determined to take as we firmly believe that keeping artists in work is key. It’s also a superb opportunity to celebrate the rich history of Harrogate.

“We are delighted to be working with Dan Fox and James Bawm, who’s creativity and ingenuity will help bring 1571 The Water That Made Us to life.”

Deborah Boylan from Raworths, and Marcus Black and Clare Gibson from Slingsby Gin

1571 The Water That Made Us forms part of the build up to the four-day Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival.

Taking place at The Crown Hotel, this year’s speakers include Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and historian Melanie King, who will give a fascinating talk on the history of Harrogate’s mineral springs.

For 1571 The Water That Made Us, Harrogate International Festivals has worked closely with the team at the Royal Pump Rooms and Mercer Gallery along. It has also secured financial support from a number of partners including Slingsby Gin, Harrogate BID and Raworths.

Marcus Black Managing Director of Slingsby Gin said:

“We are incredibly proud of our heritage and our place within the community of Harrogate.

“We are very proud to support the Festivals to create this new event commemorating a key anniversary in the history of the town.”

Information about this year’s Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, and the visiting guest writers, can be found on Harrogate International Festivals’ website:https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/raworths-literature-festival/

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